Phone: (705) 726-4242
The City of Barrie's Community Garden Program is governed by the Community Garden Policy. There are two locations: Golden Meadow Park and Sunnidale Park.
The City of Barrie, in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and Urban Pantry, held a Public Information Centre on August 16, 2018, to comment on their preferred location for another community garden in a Barrie park to be opened in 2019. Feedback about the five concepts below was also accepted until end of day August 23, 2018, and will be shared within a staff report to City Council later in 2018.Bear Creek Park Blair ParkEastview ParkQueen’s ParkShear Park
Prior to renting a plot, gardeners are to read the policy and sign a Community Garden Plot Rental Contract. The City of Barrie administers the registration of the garden plots and any alterations to the garden plan. The gardeners elect a garden coordinator to operate the day to day functions of the garden and liaise with the City. Gardeners are welcome to rent more than one plot after May 1st, subject to availability.
Single Plot: $20 + HST ($22.60) - 1.5 x 4.5m (5'x15')
Double Plot: $50 + HST ($56.60) - 4m x 4.5m (13' x 15')
Established in 2012 through financial support from Living Green - Environmental Action Barrie, this is an unfenced location, with parking and water service. There are 12 single garden plots and 6 double plots available for a total of 18 plots in this location. Please refer to the Golden Meadow Park - Community Garden Layout for plot numbers. Gardeners are welcome to rent more than one plot after May 1st, subject to availability.
Established in 2010, with a financial contribution and the work of many volunteers from Living Green - Environmental Action Barrie, the Sunnidale Community Garden is located along Coulter Street in Sunnidale Park. It is a fenced area containing 10 single garden plots and 11 double plots (see Sunnidale Park - Community Garden Layout) within the fenced enclosure. This layout is subject to change at the gardeners' discretion. Gardeners are welcome to rent more than one plot after May 1st, subject to availability.
Please note: there is no water tap available on site and gardeners are responsible for their own water supply. There is also an abundance of groundhogs due to the natural parkland, and gardeners are advised to implement any controls necessary (raised beds, chicken wire etc.) on their plots to prevent loss of produce.
Source-Wikipedia: 'A community garden is a single piece of land gardened collectively by a group of people. Allotment gardens are characterized by a concentration in one place of a few or up to several hundreds of land parcels that are assigned to individuals or families. In allotment gardens, the parcels are cultivated individually.'
Community gardens provide access to fresh produce and plants as well as access to satisfying labour, neighbourhood improvement, sense of community and connection to the environment. They are publicly functioning in terms of ownership, access, and management, as well as typically owned in trust by local governments or nonprofit organizations. A community garden brings your community closer. Community gardens encourage an urban community's food security, allowing citizens to grow their own food or for others to donate what they have grown. The gardens also combat two forms of alienation that plague modern urban life, by bringing urban gardeners closer in touch with the source of their food, and by breaking down isolation by creating a social community. It has also been found that active communities experience less crime and vandalism.' Source: Wikipedia
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